SEBASTIAN – Billboards touting the City of Sebastian, a big python found slithering just outside the city limits, disputes over parking, noise and a bar’s ownership have marked the last five months in Sebastian.
Looking back at these stories since VeroNews.com launched in mid-July, we can tell which articles and topics were of the most import. And we’d like to share those with you in our half-2009 Year in Review.
New owner unsure if Paradise Tiki Bar and Marina will ever open, posted Nov. 13
A dispute between the old owner and new of the Paradise Tiki Bar and Marina has led to the property being shut down. Its fate is still unclear after the former owner cleared out what he claimed to be his own possessions. The new owner, however, thought the items belong with the bar and marina.
Mary Rangel, a resident in the community, spotted the snake Tuesday night as it was slithering toward the nearby woods. She called authorities, who sent out Ilka Daniel and Bruce Crocker, of the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County and the Treasure Coast Herpetological Society, respectively.
By the River, a new senior living concept, celebrated its official grand opening Monday morning. The community is already home to a handful of low income seniors who say they are enjoying art classes, yoga and other activities that keep them focused.
By the River currently consists of four senior-housing buildings, each of which has a communal kitchen, living room and activity room. The center is located at 11070 Ganga Way, off Roseland Road, in Sebastian nestled into conservation land, bringing residents closer to nature.
The Sebastian City Council voted four to one to approve $20,000 in funding for the documentary film “Feather Wars” produced by Tom Lowe of Eagle Productions in Orlando. The vote came during the Aug. 12 evening meeting of the Community Redevelopment Agency.
Councilman Eugene Wolff cast the only dissenting vote. Although Wolff was in favor of the film project, he expressed an objection to the amount of money involved with roads and signs in the community in need of attention.
After a public outcry over having to pay $5 to park in the former Wal-Mart parking lot for the Fourth of July festivities, the Sebastian City Council approved a parking agreement with the property owner – for free parking.